5 Natural Remedies to Prevent Alzheimer’s

by MichelleR on May 30, 2012


1.    Cinnamon

Cinnamon always makes things taste better, why not your brain? Cinnamon is full of antioxidant properties that keep cells safe from oxidative stress and dangerous free radicals. Antioxidants help fight such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and Parkinson’s. A study in 2011 found that an extract from cinnamon bark, inhibited the formation of amyloid plaques in mice with Alzheimer’s. It helped to restore cognitive levels and correct movement problems in the animals.

Cinnamon also helps the hormone insulin work well, which reduces blood sugar levels. Keeping blood sugar low can help treat diabetes or even stop it before it starts.


2.    Sage

Sage and wisdom pair well together and has been shown to help with memory and mood. A study in 2005 gave essential sage oil to healthy young volunteers and found that participants tended to remember things better and feel both more alert and calmer after taking sage.

Sage can also help those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Like most prescribed Alzheimer’s drugs, sage inhibits an enzyme called “acetylcholinesterase”, which will improve cognitive function.

Sage is also great for digestion, can help curb hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.

You can add sage to dishes or make tea!


3.    Rosemary

Students of Ancient Greece would wear rosemary in their hair when studying, and were on the right track because rosemary protects the brain from free-radical damage and therefore to lower the risks of stroke and Alzheimer’s.

Like any herb, feel free to use rosemary in moderation. But check with your doctor before rushing out to buy rosemary supplements. In large quantities, it’s been linked to seizures and inefficient iron absorption. Also please avoid serving a rosemary-heavy dish to a pregnant

(For more information about spices, “9 Spices” http://www.caring.com/articles/spices-with-healing-powers)


4.    Nuts

Recent findings published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease report walnut consumption in a Mediterranean diet is associated with better memory scores and cognitive function. The results suggest that antioxidants present in walnuts and other Mediterranean dietary
patterns may help counteract age-related cognitive decline and reduce the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

(For more information please check out “Walnuts” http://www.walnuts.org/walnuts/index.cfm/health-professionals/walnuts-and-health/cognitive-function/)


5.     Fish  

University of Pittsburgh conducted  a study of fish linked with improving health, one of the results the research determined that people who ate fish weekly had large amounts of gray matter in areas of the brain that are related to Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment, a subtle but measurable memory disorder. Although previous studies have linked eating fish to brain health, the researchers say this is the first study to establish a direct relationship between fish consumption, brain structure and Alzheimer’s risk.

Although the study didn’t identify the specific kinds of fish participants ate, past research ties fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, to brain health. Scientists already know that eating these fish can protect the heart. It turns out that they also protect the brain. Fried fish, on the other hand, provides no such benefits.

(To view the study Look at “Fish and Alzheimer’s” http://www2.rsna.org/timssnet/media/pressreleases/pr_target.cfm?id=571)


Eating more olive oil, nuts, fish, poultry, and certain fruits and vegetables and limiting red meats and high-fat dairy products may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

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